Khao Rang Phuket

I really didn’t plan to go up Khao Rang Phuket the last time I visited this island. But since I was doing Ingress missions wherein I need to hack portals at the summit, I flagged a taxi and went up it’s winding road a few minutes from the center of Phuket Old Town. It was a little past noon, very hot and humid that I bought overpriced durian flavored popsicle and a bottle of mineral water to cool down. So close to the town Khao…Continue Reading “Khao Rang Phuket for great panoramic views”

Novotel Siam Executive room is highly recommended when staying at the Siam Square area of Bangkok. Why? Read on. I’ve been in and out of Thailand’s bustling capital, Bangkok for the past three years after having last visited it around fifteen years ago. And I know how it is to be in this city: can be tiring at times especially if you spend all day exploring the city. But I’ve always gravitated to the Siam Square area. It’s a center for business, leisure and shopping…Continue Reading “Staying at Novotel Siam Executive room in Premier floor”

Gourmet Bar

Novotel Siam Gourmet Bar not only teases the eyes with its stunning woodwork design but also teases the palate with its Thai and international dishes that you will surely love. I arrived just in time for our lunch meeting at the lobby of Novotel Siam as Pla greeted me. Coming from an early train trip from Phetchaburi where I stayed for around five nights and into the familiar chaos of Bangkok, I was quite impressed stepping into the newly redesigned lobby of this hotel. Stylish….Continue Reading “Novotel Siam Gourmet Bar offers good comfort food”

Just as what I wanted, an almost deserted and quiet beach, golden sand, the blue sky and the wide Andaman Sea. If not for hotel guests a few hundred meters away and the occasional beach comber, I would have this part of Mai Khao Beach all to myself. I love its quietness, a far cry from crowded Patong, Nai Harn, Kata and other beach strips around Phuket teeming with foreign tourists, beach lounge chairs and parasols. But the water was not as clear as I…Continue Reading “An almost deserted Mai Khao Beach in Phuket”

They come in different sizes, from the size of one’s palm to huge ones, standing 10 feet in height and painted in different colors. Don’t blush though, but these wooden penises, offerings left by usually female devotees, are there, crowded under the spirit tree or placed near the spirit house while larger ones, those that are as tall as a man, stand proudly, erect, err, at attention. The Tuptim Shrine is dedicated to Chao Mae Tuptim, whose devotees visit and offer wooden penises for good…Continue Reading “The very unusual phallus shrine of Bangkok”